Updates On Intercollegiate Tennis Rules And Regulations

August 30, 2011
by Justin

Rules and regulations are laid out to keep a sense of organization in any sporting event. These could, however, change overtime in response to a need to either broaden or limit the scope of a particular sport. Over the past year, such changes have been applied to tennis rules and regulations, specifically those concerning intercollegiate matches and recruitment protocols.

Keeping abreast with updates on tennis regulations and rules is important in order to play the game right and thus have a greater chance at bagging a clean and legitimate victory. Member colleges of the USTA are given copies of the 2011 Friend at Court handbook for distribution by the schools’ athletic departments. This handbook lists set ITA rules and regulations as well as those that have been adopted at the start of the current year. Notable additions and revisions to the rules of playing intercollegiate tennis this year include:

  • Creating any type of loud noise after a perceived winning shot on an opponent’s play is considered a hindrance and may result in a hindrance-loss of point.
  • Grievances concerning an official’s improper conduct are to be sent directly to the ITA if it involves a dual-match or ITA tournament between non-conference schools. On the other hand if it involves conference teams, grievances are to be sent directly to the conference office.

During matches in which there is a solo chair or no chair or line empire at all, the following changes to tennis rules have been adopted:

  • A player can reverse an erroneously called “out” call and the opponent gets the point without having to play the ball over.
  • A player cannot call a foot fault on his opponent as this call can only be done by either the Umpire or the Roving Umpire.
  • There are no service lets in Men’s Division I. This means that if a serve hits the net and makes it to the service box, the ball is considered in play.
  • Making excessive appeals can be penalized by the solo chair umpire, especially when it becomes apparent that the appeals are being done to disrupt the game.

ITA rules may differ from ncaa rules and regulations, and in such cases, the governing body of the playing court—ITA for tennis—shall have the final say. Also, a code provision has been passed to exempt high school tennisplayers who have just graduated in spring from the competitive experience legislation. They are, however, given until September 1st of the current year to choose and participate in any tennis event of their own volition. Penalties are not given to those students who do not go directlyfrom high school to college, unless they participate in countable tennis events beyond September 1st.

High school regulations for this sport is governed by the USTA, so any changes adopted by the professional association also applies to them. This ensures that high school players entering into the intercollegiate courts know and have familiarized themselves with the same rules that apply to pro tennis. ITA summer events do not charge a season of competition on incoming freshmen, and those who do not yet have an intercollegiate team can only be charged for three countable tennis events.

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